Apply for Graduate Admission

We’re Seeking New Graduate Students!

We welcome the opportunity to review your graduate application for possible admission to our graduate programs, as our professors will be seeking graduate students in all of our research areas for the fall and spring semesters.

  • For Prospective Students
    To be admitted to graduate study in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, students must submit credentials sufficient to convince the faculty that he or she has a good chance of completing the requirements for a graduate degree within a reasonable time frame. No academic degree is required, but the applicant should have achieved very high scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

    Admission decisions are made upon review of a complete application, which include a statement of purpose, transcript, three letters of recommendation, GRE, and TOEFL or IELTS (for most applicants whose native language is not English. Some exceptions apply, which will be explained while creating the application).

    Visit these pages to prepare and submit your application.

    For Current Johns Hopkins Mechanical Engineering Students
    If you’re a current Johns Hopkins Mechanical Engineering graduate student, please see Section 3.12 of the Master’s Graduate Advising Manual for information on switching to a PhD program. The process is different than applying for graduate admission as described on this page.  If you are not a current student, Section 3.12 does not apply to you. Please see the “For Prospective Students” section for information.

    Submission Deadlines

    We will accept graduate applications beginning in mid-August each year.

    • Fall semesters – both Ph.D. and M.S.E. applicants
      • Fall 2018
        • The application submission deadline was December 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5). Applications are no longer being accepted for this matriculation period.
      • Fall 2019 – applications will be accepted beginning in August 2018.  The application submission deadline is December 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5).
    • Spring semesters – Ph.D. applicants only
      • Spring 2019  applications will be accepted beginning in August 2018. The submission deadline is October 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)

    We strongly encourage, though it is not required, that all application items be submitted by the application deadline, including your statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, GRE scores, and for international applicants: TOEFL/IELTS scores (unless your native language is English or you have graduated with a degree from a University in most English-speaking countries, which exempts you from submitting the score).

    Note that for Johns Hopkins students or alumni who plan to apply for our graduate programs, GREs are not required but are certainly welcome.

    To clarify for those whose seasons are different from those in the northern hemisphere or where no seasons with significant weather changes exist in their home areas, we define our semester periods as such:

    • Spring – begins in late-January and ends in mid-May
    • Fall – begins in late-August and ends in mid-December
  • To verify receipt of your application items, please contact the Graduate Admissions office.  If you contact our office seeking verification, we will not have this information.  We will be only able to refer you to the Graduate Admissions office.

    communication of results

    When the result of an application is determined, applicants will be sent the result by e-mail, which will be sent to the e-mail address provided in the application. No automatic notifications occur about the status of one’s application until the result is determined.

    when results will be communicated

    In most cases, Spring semester applicants can expect results between mid-October through late-December. Fall semester applicants can expect results between mid-February and late-April.

    QUESTIONS ABOUT results

    Sometimes, applicants whose applications are denied will ask for analysis and critique of their graduate applications or more specific reasons why the application was denied.  Because of the number of applications this department receives, critiques and analyses of denied applications are unavailable.

    Generally, applications that are denied either do not have the level of educational performance, credentials, or scores that are sought or that an applicant’s research interests are not compatible with the research interests of our faculty who are seeking graduate students.

    If an applicant needs an expedited application result, usually because an applicant would need this department’s results before making a final choice between multiple admission offers , he or she is welcome to contact the department to request one.

    Note that Johns Hopkins University and hundreds of other schools abide by the “Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants” from the Council of Graduate Schools. These schools agree to allow admitted students time to decide which admission offers to accept, with a deadline of April 15 or later.

    If you are interested in an expedited result, view the resolution to ensure that schools offering admission are not requiring an early decision date in violation of this agreement.

  • Visit the Johns Hopkins Full-Time Graduate Admissions “FAQ” page for additional questions and answers.  If you are unable to find the answer to your questions, please contact the Graduate Admissions office for application information.

    I have a bachelor’s degree.  Can I apply for a PhD admission or must I apply for a master’s degree first?

    Applicants who want to earn a PhD, whether or not they have a master’s degree, are encouraged to apply directly to the PhD program.  Our PhD students who don’t have a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering will earn the master’s degree on the way to their PhD.

    Does an applicant have to choose an advisor before the application is reviewed?

    No, but applicants are welcome to state with which faculty members they would like to work.

    Will the department waive the $25 application fee?

    No.

    Will the department ACCEPT APPLICATIONS AFTER THE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE?

    No.

    If I apply for the Ph.D. program but am not admitted, will my application be considered for admission to the master’s program?

    Yes. All Ph.D. applicants who are not admitted to the Ph.D. program will be automatically considered for admission to the master’s program. No separate application is necessary. Those who are eligible for master’s admission will be notified of this and be offered admission if they are interested in the master’s program.

    I applied for admission in a past semester, but was not admitted.  I would like to apply again.  May I use my previous application materials in my new application?

    If we have the documents from past semesters, we can upload the documents to your new application.  However, a new statement of purpose is required, and it is strongly recommended to have new letters of recommendation submitted.  Please contact the department to confirm if past documents are available.

    The University strongly recommends a “professional credential evaluation” for international applicants.  Does the department require it?  How will it influence my application whether or not I get one?

    The Mechanical Engineering department follows the University’s strong recommendation that international applicants obtain a “professional credential evaluation.”  Though not required, it is strongly recommended that international applicants obtain one.

    The department cannot predict the chances of an applicant’s admission based solely on his or her choice to submit a professional credential evaluation.

    Are both a “Statement of Purpose” and a “Personal Statement” required?

    No. The department requires only “Statement of Purpose.”

    For information on “personal statements,” please contact the Graduate Admissions office.

    when are applicants exonerated from having to submit a toefl/IELTS score?
    if I am eligible for an exoneration from submitting a toefl/IELTs score, how will the exoneration be noted on my application?

    The Graduate Admissions office will note the exoneration. If you do not see the exoneration within 14 days of submitting your application, please contact the Graduate Admissions office directly at graduateadmissions@jhu.edu. Please do not contact the Mechanical Engineering department, as we can only refer you to Graduate Admissions.

    who must submit gre scoreS?

    All applicants who are not Johns Hopkins alumni or current students are required to submit GRE scores.

    Johns Hopkins alumni and current students are exempt from submitting GRE scores, though they are welcome to do so.

    ARE gre subject test scoreS required?

    No.  Only the regular GRE is required.

    What are the minimum score requirements for grade point averages (GPA), the GRE, and TOEFL/IELTS?

    There are no minimum score requirements for an application to be considered.  The University prefers a minimum TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 7.0, but it is not a requirement.

    What are the average grade point averages, GRE scores, and TOEFL/IELTS scores for applicants?

    We do not calculate average scores of applicants, nor do we release information about applicants’ scores and GPAs. An average score would have no bearing on an individual applicant’s qualifications or chances of admission.

    I was unhappy with my GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS score.  May I retake the test and have the new score submitted?

    Yes.  The Graduate Admissions office will automatically connect the new score to your application once the ETS submits it.  While it is recommended that the new score arrive before the application submission deadline, we will accept it after the deadline, as well.

    What are the chances that I will be admitted based on my GPA or GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS scores? i am concerned that my scoreS or GPA are too low.

    We cannot predict the chances of admission for an applicant based solely on one’s GPA or GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS score. To determine an applicant’s chances for admission, a complete application is necessary, which includes not only the transcripts and exam scores but also a statement of purpose and three recommendation letters.

    May I submit the GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS score after the application submission deadline?

    Yes, though it is preferred to receive the score before the application submission deadline.  For those who cannot submit it before then, because of taking the exam around the deadline date, simply have the scores sent as soon as possible using the standard process from the ETS.  Please do not send a separate copy to the Mechanical Engineering department.

    I arranged to have my GRE and/or TOEFL scores submitted but my application states that they have not been received.  What do I do?

    Upon submission of an application, the Graduate Admissions office will match GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS scores to the application and acknowledge receipt. This is not an automated process but requires a staff member to manually connect scores to applications. It will take time and patience is appreciated. An application will not be negatively affected if the scores are not immediately connected to it.  The scores will eventually be acknowledged.

    If you do not see the scores within 10 days of submitting your application, please contact the Graduate Admissions office directly. Please do not contact the Mechanical Engineering department, as we can only refer you to Graduate Admissions.

    I submitted my transcript but it has not been acknowledged in the application as received.  what do I do?

    Please contact the Graduate Admissions office directly. They can help determine if it was received and connect it to your application.

    may i contact faculty to see if they are accepting students?

    Yes, but before so doing, please visit our faculty members’ homepages, and identify those faculty members whose research best aligns with your interests. Some faculty pages may answer your questions. Also, please avoid requests for pre-application screening, as we can only evaluate complete applications. Note that our Graduate Recruiting and Admissions committee takes a dim view of applicants who spam our faculty with form-letter emails.

    i e-mailed a faculty member but received no reply.  why didn’t they reply?

    We cannot guarantee that you will receive a reply from a specific faculty member.  Our faculty members receive many inquiries and may not have the time to answer each one. Your application will receive our full attention – especially if you list faculty members in your application with whom you would like to work.  If a faculty member sees a potential match she or he will reach out to you. Sending multiple follow-up e-mails to faculty after not receiving a reply can be intrusive.

    How many applicants do you plan to admit?

    There is no pre-determined number, as it will vary from year-to-year.  About 95-100% of our admissions occur for the Fall semester.  Spring semester admissions, while rare, occasionally occur.

    What is the acceptance rate for applications?

    The number of applications accepted varies from year to year and from  program to program.  The rate of application acceptance in previous years has no influence on the number of application acceptances in the current year as each application is considered on its own merits.

    Are conditional admissions available?

    No, conditional admissions are not offered.  Admission is determined using an applicant’s complete application and the compatibility of research and academic interests.

    Are TRANSFERs available?

    No.  Students who wish to move from another institution to Johns Hopkins University must apply for admission.  Eligibility for admission is determined using an applicant’s complete application and the compatibility of research and academic interests.

    Can applicants visit the department before admission?

    We host an annual Graduate Visit Day by invitation only to certain applicants. Unsolicited requests to visit during Graduate Visit Day will not be considered.

    Applicants and potential students are welcome to visit the department on their own and at their own cost.

    Pre-arranging the visits are strongly recommended. Walk-in visitors will be accommodated when possible, but only at certain times of the year.  Again, pre-arranging visits are the best option.

    To arrange a visit, please contact the department and provide the following information:

    • Your resume or CV
    • Your Statement of Purpose
    • Which degree(s) you would like to earn – masters, Ph.D., or both
    • Which Mechanical Engineering professors and labs you would like to visit
    • When you would like to visit
    • Any other information that you would like our professors to know before your visit
    • Any questions that you have of us.
    Is there funding available for the semester to which I will apply?

    Ph.D. Students
    For Ph.D. students, funding availability varies each year based on what fellowships and research funding becomes available.  Tuition and health insurance is fully covered for Ph.D. students, and a salary is provided.

    In the 2017-18, the annual salary for the typical mechanical engineering student is US $30,600. This salary will likely change from year-to-year.

    Master’s Students
    For master’s students, most will be expected to cover their own tuition and expenses, though some financial assistance for health insurance is available.

    What is the difference between the master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics? If I want to learn about robotics, to which degree should I apply?

    The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Master of Science in Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering.  This degree offers advanced knowledge in mechanical engineering in several research areas:  fluid mechanics, robotics, mechanics of materials, and biomechanics. Students can concentrate their course work and research in one of those areas or can broaden their learning experience across two or more research areas.

    The Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics offers a Master of Science in Engineering degree in Robotics. This degree offers advanced knowledge in robotics with several specializations – some related but others unrelated to mechanical engineering.

    The degree requirements differ between the two programs.  Visit these sites for information, as they will help you decide to which degree to apply.

    If I am a Mechanical Engineering PhD student, may I earn a MSE Robotics degree?

    Yes. Most Mechanical Engineering PhD students earn an MSE in Mechanical Engineering, but some will earn a master’s degree in another field, including robotics.

  • Visit our PhD Alumni page to see where our PhD graduates have made their mark around the world. You, too, can join this elite group with an admission to our PhD program!

  • Current Hopkins PhD students in other departments may be eligible to earn a MSE Mechanical Engineering.  “Dual” status means that a PhD student earns a master’s degree outside his or her primary departments’ PhD program simultaneously with his or her PhD work.

    To apply for the “dual” MSE in Mechanical Engineering, take these steps:

    1. Visit the “Internal Graduate Applicant” page of the Graduate Admissions page for instructions to submit an application. Notify Academic Program Manager Mike Bernard that you plan to submit the application.
    2. Provide Mike a letter from the chairman of the PhD department that you are allowed to earn the MSE in Mechanical Engineering.
    3. Provide Mike the following items:
    4. Provide Mike with the name of the Mechanical Engineering faculty member who will serve as the academic advisor to confirm your degree completion.

    Your application will be considered for admission to the MSE program and you will be notified upon admission what steps will be needed to confirm eligibility to earn the degree.

  • If after viewing the webpages and links above and not finding an answer to your question, you can request additional information:

    • Contact the Mechanical Engineering Department about the Johns Hopkins Mechanical Engineering graduate program and its research.
    • Contact the Graduate Admissions office about the application process, submitting an application, technical issues on the application, and sending and verifying receipt of supplemental materials.
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